Tony Lyza

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Testbed & Prototype Group (TPG)

Job Title:Physical Scientist

Affiliation:Federal

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Tony is the Federal Team Lead of the Testbed and Prototype Group (TPG) within the Warning Research and Development Division (WRDD) of NSSL.  He serves as Executive Officer of the NOAA Hazardous Weather Testbed, where he is responsible for providing project and infrastructure oversight, communicating short- and long-term testbed goals to leadership and other research and scientific communities, and directing research-to-operations activities.  Previously, he served as the Physical Sciences Coordinator for the VORTEX-USA program, where he assisted the Federal program coordinator with program administration, led the development of physical science priorities within the program, and served as the coordinating scientist for the Propagation, Evolution, and Rotation in Linear Storms (PERiLS) field campaign (2022–2023).  Tony also conducts research with a broad focus on observational analyses of severe convective storms and their attendant environments.

Education
Degree (Ph.D, M.S, B.A, etc.) Major Subject University or College Name Year (YYYY) (optional)
Ph.D. Atmospheric Science University of Alabama in Huntsville 2019
M.S. Atmospheric Science University of Alabama in Huntsville 2015
B.S. Meteorology Valparaiso University 2012
Research Interests
  • Tornado and wind damage analysis and classification
  • Radar observational analysis of severe storms and tornadoes
  • Near-storm environmental evolution and heterogeneity
Professional Activities
  • Associate Member, ASCE/AMS Wind Speed Estimation (WSE) Standards Committee (EF Scale Subcommittee Member)
  • Associate Editor, Monthly Weather Review
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Meteorology and Climatology
Selected Publications

Wade, A. R.I. L. JirakA. W. Lyza2023Regional and Seasonal Biases in Convection-Allowing Model Forecasts of Near-Surface Temperature and MoistureWeather and Forecasting38122415–2426, doi:10.1175/WAF-D-23-0120.1.

Fischer, J., M. D. Flournoy, A. W. Lyza, 2023: Comments on “A Climatology of Cell Mergers with Supercells and Their Association with Mesocyclone Evolution” and “The Influence of Cell Mergers on Supercell Characteristics and Tornado Evolution on 27–28 April 2011”. Monthly Weather Review, 151, 9, 2541–2545, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-23-0120.1.

Lyza, A. W., M. D. Flournoy, 2023: The Influence of Cell Mergers on Supercell Characteristics and Tornado Evolution on 27–28 April 2011. Monthly Weather Review, 151, 6, 1551–1569, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-22-0189.1.

Lyza, A. W., M. D. Flournoy, E. N. Rasmussen, 2022: Observed Characteristics of the Tornadic Supercells of 27–28 April 2011 in the Southeast United States. Monthly Weather Review, 150, 11, 2883–2910, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-21-0274.1.

Lyza, A. W., B. T. Goudeau, K. R. Knupp, 2022: Damage Analysis and Close-Range Radar Observations of the 13 April 2019 Greenwood Springs, Mississippi, Tornado during VORTEX-SE Meso18-19. Monthly Weather Review, 150, 7, 1873–1893, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-21-0281.1.

Flournoy, M. D., A. W. Lyza, M. A. Satrio, M. R. Diedrichsen, M. C. Coniglio, S. Waugh, 2022: A climatology of cell mergers with supercells and their association with mesocyclone evolution. Monthly Weather Review, 150, 451–461, doi:10.1175/MWR-D-21-0204.1.

Lyza, A. W., T. A. Murphy, B. T. Goudeau, P. T. Pangle, K. R. Knupp, and R. A. Wade, 2020: Observed near-storm environment variations across the southern Cumberland Plateau system in northeastern Alabama. Monthly Weather Review, 148, 1465–1482, https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-19-0190.1.

Lyza, A. W., R. Castro, E. Lenning, M. T. Friedlein, B. S. Borchardt, A. W. Clayton, and K. R. Knupp, 2019: A multi-platform reanalysis of the Kankakee Valley tornado cluster on 30 June 2014. E-Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology, 14 (3), 1–64, https://doi.org/10.55599/ejssm.v14i3.73.

Lyza, A. W., and K. R. Knupp, 2018: A background investigation of tornado activity across the southern Cumberland Plateau terrain system of northeastern Alabama. Monthly Weather Review, 146, 4261–4278, https://doi.org/10.1175/MWR-D-18-0300.1.

Lyza, A. W., A. W. Clayton, K. R. Knupp, E. Lenning, M. T. Friedlein, R. L. Castro, and E. S. Bentley, 2017: Analysis of mesovortex characteristics, behavior, and interactions during the second 30 June-1 July 2014 Midwestern derecho event. E-Journal of Severe Storms Meteorology, 12 (2), 1–33, https://doi.org/10.55599/ejssm.v12i2.67.